NATURAL GAS: Safety and climate concerns will be expressed at a hearing today where a liquified natural gas export terminal on the Delaware River could be greenlighted. (WHYY)

ALSO: Pennsylvania shale gas permitting continued to fall in November, continuing a trend that started in the spring. (S&P Global)

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GRID: New England’s grid operator projects sufficient electricity capacity for this winter, based in part “decreasing peak energy usage trends.” (Associated Press)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Green Mountain Power in Vermont is testing an electric vehicle charger that allows the company’s 2019 Nissan Leaf to act as a storage resource. (American Public Power Association)
Thirty new stations and 300 electric bikes will be added to Philadelphia’s bicycle sharing program as it expands outside of the central business district. (WHYY)
New York utilities offer differing visions on how to manage electric vehicle charging in proposals submitted to state regulators. (RTO Insider, subscription required)

CLIMATE:
Hearings begin in Pennsylvania on the state joining a regional agreement to curb emissions with most of the early testimony from a broad array of interests in support of the effort. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Labor unions aligned with the state’s coal and fracking industries are poised to testify against the initiative. (Pennsylvania Business Report)
Advocates raise concerns that New York City “has taken its eye off the ball” following a report showing increased emissions in 2018 and 2019. (City Limits)

SOLAR: The largest single rooftop solar project in Rhode Island at 6.76 MW is under construction and will be operational in early 2021. (Solar Power World)

CLEAN ENERGY: Advocates in a New Hampshire town are promoting a vote at next year’s town meeting to commit it to 100% renewable energy over the next 30 years. (Keene Sentinel)

STORAGE: Batteries from a Connecticut startup are powering the New York Power Authority headquarters for up to five hours a day in the first real-world test of the company’s technology. (CT Post)

COMMENTARY:
• The Philadelphia Inquirer says approval of an LNG export terminal on the Delaware River is the wrong signal to send if the country is serious about tackling climate change.
• A climate activist says Maine’s release of an action plan puts it at the forefront of the national effort needed to confront the crisis. (Seacoastonline)

Bill Opalka

Bill Opalka

Bill is a freelance journalist based outside Albany, New York. As a former New England correspondent for RTO Insider, he has written about energy for newspapers, magazines and other publications for more than 20 years. He has an extensive career in trade publications and newspapers, mostly focused on the utility sector, covering such issues as restructuring, renewable energy and consumer affairs. Bill covers Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire and also compiles the Northeast Energy News daily email digest.